“Roseanne” showrunner and executive producer Bruce Helford says Americans should just ignore the star’s highly-offensive and controversial recent and past actions and remarks. Last week a 2009 profile in a magazine about Jewish culture was unearthed showing Roseanne Barr dressed up as Hitler, complete with mustache and swastika armband, pulling burnt “Jew cookies” out of an oven.
Asked if Barr dressing up as Hitler, and “her social media posts — sharing conspiracy theories, etc. — impact the message that you’re trying to send with the show?” Helford would not respond directly.
“All I can say on that is that I was listening to a CNN discussion and the subject came up of her personal politics and the attitude was generally, look, everybody’s got the right to say what they’re gonna say and that’s not what the show is,” Helford told The Hollywood Reporter.
“The show is not representing her personal politics. The Conners were Bill Clinton voters back in the day. Those people have very heavily shifted toward Trump,” he said.
But that’s not correct. The show clearly injects some of Barr’s politics. Even the right-leaning Mediaite says Barr’s “TV character is heavily-based on the actress who plays her.”
Helford claims they “did our due diligence on what all that would be about. And the show, aside from the fact that Roseanne Barr and Roseanne Conner both happen to be Trump supporters, has been borne out to be pretty realistic, in terms of the demographics of that area [the Midwest]. But aside from that, there’s a big difference between anyone’s personal politics and what the show is about. They’re not meant to be interrelated in any way.”
What the producers “meant” and how many viewers – among them, President Donald Trump – see the show, then, is very different.
And Helford’s claim that they did their due dilligence is shattered when he’s asked specifically, “How do you feel seeing the star of your show dressed as a Nazi?”
“I know that Roseanne is a very staunch supporter of Israel and she has said as much. I imagine there’s probably some amount of parody involved and all that. I don’t know the context of that so I wouldn’t make a comment on it,” he says.
To repeat: “I don’t know the context of that.”
Clearly, no “due diligence.”
“My feeling,” Helford continues, plugging the show, “is that people should just watch the show and judge it on its merits. Watch the show without the accompanying background noise. Everybody, including Roseanne, wanted the show to be balanced. When we talk about wanting to open a dialogue in America, that’s something that the show does. We’re not trying to perform brain surgery or cure cancer. We all hoped that this would open a dialogue where people would start laughing at themselves a little bit, get a little less polarized and realize that this is a universal conversation. Lots of families find themselves divided on these issues. There’s got to be a way to talk and still love each other the way that Roseanne and Jackie made their peace [in the revival’s premiere]. And that’s really what we want to have come out of it.”
Some on social media were not buying Helford’s argument:
— Your Highness (@StillDreaming) April 4, 2018
Nope. Sorry, Bruce Helford. I suppose you expect us to watch ‘The Cosby Show’ with old ignorant eyes as well? https://t.co/0SLNkPP7VK
— house of snarks (@houseofsnarks) April 4, 2018
Bruce Helford has no comment on @therealroseanne dressing like hitler and making oven jokes because he “doesn’t know the context” but he CAN comment that she is staunch supporter of Israel and imagine a parodic context, as tho that justifies violent anti-semitic gestures. pic.twitter.com/O5BSHSuF4V
— Ioneenknoyo (@DubJ) April 4, 2018
Bruce Helford is kidding, right?
— Darrell Jones (@d_d_jones) April 4, 2018
Doesn’t your conscience bother you? Like, at all? Or have you worked in Hollywood too long? https://t.co/41itPiSNMl
— Ben Varkentine (@Varkentine) April 4, 2018
Absolutely not. His name is Bruce Helford and I think he should separate his head from her “controversial” ass. She’s a fucking menace. She promotes dangerous conspiracies that hurt people and giving her a fucking platform for the already lunatic trump base to rally behind is bad https://t.co/ozcQ3mprtJ
— Valor Club Resists (@valor_club) April 4, 2018
When you are a rich white man like show’s boss, Bruce Helford, it’s easy to get past the racism, bigotry, and the hate Roseanne represents because none of it is directed at you.
But God forbid @jemelehill says anything against Trump, she would get instantly suspended.
— ___📎___ (@ThinSkinTrump) April 4, 2018
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‘You Just Want to Talk About White Power’: Kellyanne Conway Attacks Reporters Over Trump’s Racist Tweet
White House adviser Kellyanne Conway clashed with reporters on Wednesday over a racist video that was shared on Twitter by President Donald Trump.
While taking questions outside the White House, NBC’s Kristen Welker asked Conway about a video tweeted by Trump in which a man shouts “white power.”
Conway noted that the president had eventually deleted the tweet.
“Does he need to condemn white power?” Welker asked.
“He condemned it by taking it down,” Conway replied. “He never heard that. He doesn’t support that phrase. This is a president that has worked for all Americans. If you’re not going to cover the other side of the coin, respectfully, everything he’s done for African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian-Americans, vulnerable populations.”
“You just want to talk about white power!” she complained. “He took the tweet down. Do you regret asking it three days later. I mean, honestly, you’re like a reporter for a major — I respect you, Kristen — you’re a reporter for a major network and you’re gnawing on the same bone three days later. Why?”
“It’s not a three-day-old story,” the reporter pressed. “Because there’s a reckoning on race in this country. That’s going on now. And the president still hasn’t come out and condemned it.”
“Condemned what?” Conway interrupted.
“White power,” the reporter said. “It’s a longer story.”
“No, it’s a longer story because you want it to be,” Conway remarked. “Because you think you decide how the president speaks and what words and punctuation he uses. And it doesn’t work that way. America sees what he’s doing for this country.”
“So, yes, we have to have an ongoing conversation,” she added. “I have that conversation with my own children. Of course we should have it as a nation. But if you’re just going to throw out the Sesame Street word of the day and expect us to have a conversation, that’s not how to have a conversation.”
Watch the video below from C-SPAN.
Republicans Start Pretending They’ve Always Supported Masks – Now That COVID-19 Is Surging in Red States
When blue states like Washington, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts were hit with coronavirus in large numbers, Republicans from President Donald Trump to Fox News were vehemently opposed to mask wearing. But now that coronavirus is surging in red states, like Texas, Florida, Arizona, and Georgia, they’re changing their tune – and pretending they’ve always supported mask wearing.
“If Americans submit to wearing masks,” Fox News host Laura Ingraham asked one month ago, “what other rights and freedoms can be taken?”
Another show, another anti-mask rant from Laura Ingraham, who thought that masks were a great idea until liberals and public health experts started saying they were a great idea and then they became a dictatorial tool of social control. https://t.co/3puI6Bl6Vh pic.twitter.com/v3hjcwilGB
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) May 28, 2020
Fast forward to this week.
Here’s Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:
Senate Majority Leader McConnell: ”We must have no stigma, none, about wearing masks when we leave our homes and come near other people. Wearing simple face coverings is not about protecting ourselves, it is about protecting everyone we encounter.” pic.twitter.com/ZYt7C56QUJ
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 29, 2020
The President of the United States still refuses to wear a mask in public, and has made clear he remains vehemently against them, but his son, Donald Trump Jr., on Tuesday out of the blue declared mask-wearing is no big deal.
“You know, I don’t think it’s too complicated to wear a mask,” Jr. told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo in an interview discussing the upcoming GOP convention.
Former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney Wednesday said that President Trump should tell Americans that wearing a mask “is the best thing you could possibly do,” and suggested he “start wearing them to send that message.”
“It would not hurt him I don’t think politically, it certainly wouldn’t hurt us economically it would probably help for him to go out and say you know what go back to work just wear a mask it is the best thing you could possibly do,” says former W.H. Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. pic.twitter.com/WaQu8prxHh
— Squawk Box (@SquawkCNBC) July 1, 2020
“Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy seemed to mock RNC chair Rona McDaniel on Tuesday for her apparent continued opposition to mask-wearing – and her defense of the President’s refusal as well.
“I think that if the president wore one, it would just set a good example. He’d be a good role model. I don’t see any downside to the president wearing a mask in public,” Doocy said. “MAGA should now stand for ‘Masks Are Great Again.’ Let me give you some marketing advice right there.”
Correct me if I’m wrong, but after Steve Doocy asked how have the RNC’s plans changed given coronavirus spikes and a mask order in Jacksonville, Ronna McDaniel doesn’t say anything different from the answer she’s been giving for weeks. pic.twitter.com/R22OpyaMBi
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) June 30, 2020
Here’s uber-conservative Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee:
“Unfortunately, this simple, life-saving practice has become part of the political debate.”
In Senate hearing, Sen. Lamar Alexander and health officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, stress importance of face masks in preventing the spread of COVID-19. https://t.co/8UYo6kdkT0 pic.twitter.com/i7DNWp1T36
— ABC News (@ABC) June 30, 2020
Unofficial Trump advisor, Fox News host Sean Hannity, acts like he’s always supported mask-wearing – even though he called the coronavirus crisis a hoax. In fact, as Yahoo News reported in April, Hannity suggested “the pandemic might be a ‘deep state‘ plot to hurt the economy or, at another point, claiming concerns over the novel virus was a ‘new hoax‘ designed to ‘bludgeon’ Trump.”
Now, coronavirus is real and “masks work.”
Hannity: I went to my grocery store every week. Guess what? They wore masks… I think they work. pic.twitter.com/SMwIgZVV5Y
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) June 30, 2020
This week we’ve seen Vice President Mike Pence wear a mask. In fact, the White House posted this image of the VP at a rare coronavirus task force meeting Tuesday:
Not all Republicans are on board.
Like President Donald Trump.
“The president has said he has no problems with masks,” McEnany says when asked about suggestion from some Republicans for Trump to wear a mask to set an example.
— ABC News (@ABC) June 30, 2020
And Senator Rand Paul.
Paul: There are people who should wear masks and then there are other times in which it’s sort of Kabuki Theatre pic.twitter.com/sMnmVsC9vI
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) June 30, 2020
More Proof: Intel Analysts Intercepted Electronic Data Showing Financial Transfers From Russian Military to Taliban
President Donald Trump is calling it a hoax but day after day more data points of proof appear, showing that Russia, as many news outlets have reported, paid the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers.
The latest evidence, according to The New York Times, comes from intelligence analysts who say, “American officials intercepted electronic data showing large financial transfers from a bank account controlled by Russia’s military intelligence agency to a Taliban-linked account.”
That data “was among the evidence that supported their conclusion that Russia covertly offered bounties for killing U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan, according to three officials familiar with the intelligence.”
Early Sunday morning Trump claimed Russia paying the Taliban to kill U.S. troops was just a “hoax.”
…Nobody’s been tougher on Russia than the Trump Administration. With Corrupt Joe Biden & Obama, Russia had a field day, taking over important parts of Ukraine – Where’s Hunter? Probably just another phony Times hit job, just like their failed Russia Hoax. Who is their “source”?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2020
The next day Trump suggested Russia paying terrorists to kill American soldiers was perhaps “another fabricated Russia Hoax,” despite all evidence to the contrary.
Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP. Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Fake News @nytimesbooks, wanting to make Republicans look bad!!! https://t.co/cowOmP7T1S
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2020
President Trump and his administration, despite numerous reporting to the contrary, claim he was never briefed. His former National Security Advisor, John Bolton, has said he briefed Trump on the Russian program in March of 2019.
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